THE 12 BLAP COMMANDMENTS
This is like the list of do’s and don’t for up-and-coming producers who wish to make it in the entertainment biz. I found it quite informative and realistic. Got to stay on ya grind and be efficient while at the same time know how to operate to survive. Click the picture below to go to the article and be sure to follow the author’s , !llmind, bloggy blog once you read it!!! -N
SNOOP VS. SUPER HEAD
See this is exactly why I have to respect snoop. He tells it like it is sometimes. Now, for those of you who don’t know… one of the most hushed industries in hip-hop is the idea of celebrity escorts aka rappers and entertainers paying for azz. Many men and women participate in this… but very few call it like it is. Superhead… aka Karen Stephens….You Hoe-ing… that what Snoop is saying. What do you think? Watch the video an check it for ya self.more
RACE IN VIDEO GAMES: Why we should promote protagonists of color.
Yo… let’s keep it real. No matter what game you play… rather you saving shit, killing shit, teleporting through time in space, judo kicking shit, or even driving shit…. you’re normally a white guy. But, why are you normally a white guy is the question. Well, the smart folks at the site DualShockers tackles this question in their article “Minority Report: Breaking Away from the White Video Game Protagonist”. I think every gamer should read this as well as any parent who supports a child’s video gaming addiction (lol). No seriously, video games has become just as informational and society-molding as t.v. and music and we should have this type of social critique of this type of media. -Nmore
TAKE A BREAK GOD DAMMIT!!!
Hey World, SO i have been taking a long needed break from the cyber world to focus on my art and music as well as find a flipping job! Anyway, now I got my life a little bit more in order so I;m back to educating you suckas! So, I found this article on the web a while ago about how important it is to take a break sometimes to find new inspirations in other places. It was quite a revealing read, especially considering the fact that I myself benefited from taking a step away from the grind to focus on other things. Click the picture to read the original article and stay productive. -N (Via 99u)more
Ten Rules for Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott
I just love this!!! It is such a simple read but so true. I ran into this on stumble upon. THANK YOU STUMBLE UPON!!!! Ten Rules for Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott 1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.” 3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.” 4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson. 5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned. 6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.” 7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself. 8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours. 9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust. 10. You will forget all this.more
Great advice on how not to go BROKE from Slim Thug!!
Normally most of the time rappers sound foolish when asked about how they spend their money, let alone on the topic on giving advice about money matters. However for once (besides the obvious and annoying lack of linguistic skills) Slim Thug spoke with US News about some of his key spending habits and how it helps him remain in the black. Check out the link below for the full article. How to Be Rich Like a Rap Star (Via US News: Money)more
Wait till you see…..
An awesome campaign!!! lol i like what Louis Vuitton did here. Watch below and see for yourself.more
GRIT > Talent!!!!
I was on 99u.com and ran across this interesting article concerning self- improvement. One of the key points about it (well for part one of the article) is that studies have been shown proving that.. GRIT>TALENT!!! So for all of my gifted, yet care-free and unmotivated couch potatoes out there you may have a problem so read up. As for the rest of us hard-working and diligent folks reading this … feel accomplished!!! See the full article bellow (Via 99u.com) The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talentmore
New Inspiration… Raspody’s Newest Video From her latest album “The Idea of Beautiful”
So at last Rapsody’s “The Idea of Beautiful” has been released from IWWMG!! Thank god for such beautiful music!! We have on our hands another classic from a female mc (Bout DAMN time we get another one lol). Anyway be sure to pick this one (and by that i mean BUY IT!!) up and be sure to give a special thank you to 9th Wonder and the team in Raleigh, N. Carolina.more
Being Yourself, Lessons From Lupe & XV
One thing I can say has been big since 2007 when Nas called Hip-Hop dead, is this idea of an artist being “different” and that they are in their own lane. Hell pick any hip-hop internet artist that has blown since then, they have strived to make sure you know that they are different. This leads to lines like “being different only makes me the same”. So while artists have claimed to be different, the subject matter hasn’t been different. If anything the context and references maybe be slightly different but the cliche’s still exist. Hyper-masculinity, alleged individuality, being agressive is considered lyrical, fuck the haters, representing where you are from, women tracks for sex or stroking the ego of said rapper etc. Although we have gotten great content that rehashes this, rappers all of a sudden tried to pretend and drop a track here or there stating that they have lyrics beyond these things.This notion of individuality was something forced by a lot of these artist without really expressing what it takes become this individual rapper. The very earliest I can remember an artist really establishing a ‘different’ world view was Lupe Fiasco. Back in 2006 with Food and Liquor he released Hurt Me Soul. That song’s first verse gives insight to becoming a ‘different’ rapper.
Now I ain’t trying to be the greatest I used to hate hip-hop, yup, because the women degraded But Too Short made me laugh, like a hypocrite I played it A hypocrite, I stated, though I only recited half Omitting the word “bitch”, cursing – I wouldn’t say it Me and dog couldn’t relate, till a bitch I dated Forgive my favorite word for hers and hers alike But I learned it from a song I heard and sort of liked Yeah, for the ice and glamorized drug dealing was appealing But the block club kept it from in front of our building Gangsta rap-based filmings became the building blocks For children with leaking ceilings catching drippings with pots Coupled with compositions from Pac, Nas’s “It Was Written” Intermixed with my realities and feelings Living conditions, religion, ignorant wisdom and artistic vision I began to jot, tap the world and listen, it dropWe have the artist explain his first exposure and thoughts of hip-hop. Lupe explains that he had a love hate relationship with rap. What makes this so critical, is that it highlights the complicated relationship that everyone has with hip-hop. Nobody’s relationship is so flat. Instead here we see Lupe talk about dealing with the misogyny and finding some type of pleasure with it. So we have things that he doesn’t like but thats complex, then we see the artists and songs that influenced him and then the personal things that built his approach to rap. This is what it takes, an honest view of how you see the culture, REALIZING THE INFLUENCES and dealing with them according to who you are. This is where you realities etc take some importance. So recently I heard another song that was released this year that follows in the same vein of showing the complex nature of the relationship with hip-hop and what it means to be a ‘different’ rapper. XV dropped Popular Culture in June (review coming soon) and the track Be There Be Square hilights XV’s path to becoming ‘different’. Here is his second verse:
I used to rap like Hov before I got signed High school talent shows, throw up the Roc sign Pouring liquor on hoes, sipping on white wine ‘Til I realized that whole life was not mine I never seen Jigga play Chrono Trigger Sneak out the house just to go out and skateboard with his niggas Tell me if his favorite Nirvana song is Sliver Cut down the family tree, I just can’t relate to you niggas So I speak for those who are not spoken for On Twitter and Bossip, gossiping if I’m gonna blow I’m on they heels, they probably wearing open toes Sold out shows across the globe, my label barely even knows You watch a throne, I just see a chair And a crown that I’ma get and not even wear ‘Cause before I got on, they didn’t seem to care So I said fuck yo circle, I’ma be a squareWhat do we have here? Acknowledging the artist that influenced him, the love hate relationship because he couldn’t identify with said artist entirely. He has the other things in his life that build his world view, in this case Chrono Trigger and Nirvana. We understand how he views the culture and we definately see how he made it fit his view of things, and that this wasn’t a linear process. The entire song builds to this final verse. So as good writers do, Lupe and XV showed how they developed into unique rappers, or as the cliche goes these days “be yourself”. They didn’t just say “be yourself”. They gave insight to how they related to the culture, the inspiration , their disconnection and finally inserted things from their realities and “ignorant wisdom”. I rather artists show that they are different and what it took to get there, because now you set an example and a stage for people to start doing so in their lives. This isn’t to say these artists don’t have certain stereotypes , but it’s to say that these artists catalogue music shines because they naturally have ideas etc outside of the hip-hop’s cliches because they figured out their relationship with hip-hop. P.S I use different in quotation marks because honestly I wouldn’t have a clue to how to define this word so I allow for readers to decide if thats an appropriate choice, I think that the gist of my idea gets across. more